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Luna: Idaho may have to repay $13.3M in IEN cash

Idaho may be forced to repay $13.3 million to the federal government and might never recover another $14.5 million that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is now recommending the state inject into a $60 million education broadband project mired in a ...

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Updated: Feds block education funding because of lawsuit

The federal government said Jan. 30 it has blocked millions in funding to Idaho’s education broadband system because a lawsuit over the project’s $60 million contract raised questions about who should get the cash. The Federal Communications Commission withheld $7 ...

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Public schools chief Luna won’t seek re-election

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna said Jan. 27 that he won’t run for re-election, clearing the way for Democrats and Republicans in a race for an open seat. Luna, the architect of the failed “Students Come First” overhaul rejected ...

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A word with Dee Mooney: ‘A lot more career awareness should be happening’ (access required)

When Dee Mooney took her job as executive director of the Micron Foundation in 2006, the emphasis on STEM education (short for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) was so new to the mainstream that Mooney sometimes found herself explaining that ...

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UI aims to expand law school offering in Boise

If lawmakers can get past jokes about too many lawyers in Boise already, the University of Idaho stands a good chance of doubling its programs in the state’s capital. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is behind a $400,000 measure to add ...

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Cost of a Boise State football player: $172,415 (access required)

Total operating expenses for each Boise State University scholarship football player were $172,415 in 2011, including scholarships to the university. That outpaced spending at the University of Idaho, Idaho State University and most Football Bowl Subdivision schools. The costs for ...

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Otter seeks 2.9 percent hike in education funding

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter billed his State of the State speech on Jan. 6 and its proposed 2.9 percent, $37.4 million boost for public education as the start of a five-year journey to lift the quality of Idaho’s schools. Immediately ...

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New Boise State football contract has big buyout

If new Boise State University football coach Bryan Harsin leaves for a new job within two years, he’ll hand over the $2 million in base compensation he’ll make during that time. The terms of Harsin’s deal, approved by the Idaho ...

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Labor Department training funds will be used for computer science (access required)

Two Idaho universities and one community college will get a combined $1.8 million from the Idaho Department of Labor for special worker training grant programs. Boise State will get most of the funding, with $1 million going to its computer ...

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U of I names new president

A provost from the University of South Dakota has been tapped to become the University of Idaho’s new president. The Idaho State Board of Education announced Nov. 18 that Chuck Staben, provost and vice president of academic affairs at the ...

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